Entries Tagged as 'Work'

Life & Career Advice: #LeadingLadies Series

Posted on: Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I was honored to answer a few questions for my good friend Stephanie, as a part of her Leading Ladies series! The Q&A interview is all about how I started my career, mistakes I’ve made and risks I’ve taken, along with advice I’ve learned. Here’s a sneak peek below, but make sure to check out the entire feature watch HERE!


1. If there’s a piece of your life that isn’t life-giving and makes you feel undervalued, under appreciated or not your best self – whether that’s a bad relationship or not-so-great job or something else – please be brave and do something about it! This came from my mom who is always reminding me to not hold on to things – or stay in environments – that don’t make me my best self. This advice can relate to careers, relationships and most every part of life.

2. Say yes! Again, this is both life and career advice, but it’s so very important, especially when you are early on in your career to say yes to any and all opportunities. Of course, it’s important to not say yes so much that you’re running yourself to the ground. Saying yes opens you up to so many opportunities and experiences. Sometimes NO is easier and safer, but yes is always the better option.

3. Show one another grace. This comes from the CEO from the company I work at now, STAND. Everyone’s work days (and non-work days!) are busy and can be stressful. We are all moving a million miles per minute and we all make mistakes with our work. Just today, an email I sent out to 60 people in the STAND community said “Hi FNAME” instead of “Hi” and their ACTUAL first name. Darn you, Mailchimp merge tags! I was embarrassed and felt bad about it, but my CEO and entire team showed me so much grace and even laughed about it. Grace, to me, means undeserved love and to our company, means treating people with respect and letting little things slide. It is SO easy (and I’ve done it) to get annoyed and frustrated at people in the workplace, but it’s very awesome when you choose to rise above those things and show people grace when they don’t even deserve it.

Image via Tory Putnam

why i quit my job

Posted on: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Andi Teggart / Twin Peaks San Francisco

earlier this week, i shared go here a blog post about what really matters to me – relationships, authenticity, adventure/travel, being my best self – and how i wanted to stop being consumed about things that aren’t so important or life-giving. i wrote that, “every day only has so many hours and by spending time investing in things that don’t matter, jobs that aren’t satisfying, relationships that aren’t loving and nurturing, means that we are really missing out on what matters.” i initially wrote this blog post a few weeks ago and scheduled to share it this monday. little did i know that i couldn’t have scheduled it go to live on more timely and relevant day.

because….on monday, i quit my job. i emailed my resignation letter, had an exit interview and within a few hours, was out the door. as i was driving away {woo hoo no more commuting!}, i felt an immediate calmness, happiness and just overall peace about my decision. the photo up there sums up my main reaction to the big life decision! i never envisioned myself quitting a job without a backup plan or new job, but thanks to a lot of support and encouragement from friends, my family and E, i decided to be brave and just quit.

so why did i quit exactly? the answer is simple: i wasn’t my best self there. the environment wasn’t a place i wanted to be in, nor felt comfortable or inspired in. without going into much detail, it just wasn’t a place i felt supported, encouraged or valued. i’m thankful for the experiences i gained and the lessons i learned from the job. i really loved a lot of my smart, amazing coworkers and i liked a lot of the work i was doing {like speak at alt summit and launch a huge SXSW event}, but the overall environment wasn’t a healthy or life-giving place for me personally.  i often think about my life as a story and i realized that i didn’t like the story my ‘work life’ was telling.

i’ve received a ton of texts asking “omg! what are you going to do next?!?!” and the answer is i don’t know. and that’s absolutely okay. the decision to quit my job came from the need to free myself from a part of my life {a very time consuming part!} that was making me unhappy and unsatisfied. while it would have been ideal to have something lined up, i feel relieved that i have time and space to relax, reflect and prepare for whatever comes next.

i’ve only worked at two places before and before i launch into what’s next in my career, i really want to take time to think through what i value in a company and in a workplace. at my first job at an agency, my day-to-day responsibilities were a lot more challenging and stressful than the job i just left monday, but the interesting difference is that the agency environment was supportive, encouraging, inclusive. people were valued, opinions were considered and everyone genuinely enjoyed being around their peers and leaders. it’s really helped me gain perspective on how much people and culture matter to me in my career – much more so than compensation and other perks.

if there’s a piece of your life that isn’t life-giving and makes you feel undervalued, under appreciated or not your best self – whether that’s a bad relationship or not-so-great job or something else – please be brave. please at least think about how to get out of the situation and into a better one. xo!

career tips from female entrepreneurs

Posted on: Friday, April 3, 2015

Loved this list of advice from female entrepreneurs curated on A Cup of Jo and wanted to re-share. Something that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is the impact and influence of female leaders in the workplace. I’ve been really inspired by some female leaders in my career and think the advice from these entrepreneurs is helpful and spot-on – from dealing with awkward, difficult conversations to thank you notes to work/life balance and everything in between.


If you told a story about your career, would it be interesting and surprising? If not, think about the path you’re carving. You spend a large part of your life working—make it a story you want to tell.


Approach difficult conversations head on. Realize that it’s undoubtedly difficult for the other person too and put it out there, right up front: “This might be a difficult conversation, so let’s work this out together.”


I don’t let fear get the best of me. When you have your own business, there’s so much you don’t understand how to do. How do I get a barcode for my product? How do I make my blog link to my website? Can I even pull off this big project? I usually say yes first, and figure it out later. I don’t let any opportunity slip away. I study hard and learn to do it, even if that means learning the hard way.


Find a schedule that works for you: Take note of the times you feel sharpest each day, when you want to crawl under the covers and take a nap, and when you’re the most stressed about everything, including your place in the world.


Take the breakdowns in stride. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’ve had many a day ruined by some kind of stressor: a rude customer, our server going down. I finally realized what has me in knots one day, doesn’t even phase me two weeks later. I’m much better at rolling with the punches now and less time is wasted ruminating on things that don’t matter in the long run.


Once a year (or whenever something new comes up—new baby, new job, illness, move…) pretend your life is an overflowing closet. In order to really get it organized, you can’t just remove one or two things here or there. You have to take everything out and then one by one put the most important things back in. When you get to a point where it feels good—close to full, but not crowded or crammed—stop. Get rid of everything else. Sometimes you have to get rid of good things in your life in order to make room for the best things.


A nice handwritten thank-you note is always appreciated—for meeting, for a piece of good press, for any reason! It’s also worth investing in good quality personalized stationary.

View the full list of advice here.

pinterest & instagram tips

Posted on: Friday, March 6, 2015

pinterest and instagram tips

so i don’t talk about work all that much on my blog, but had some work-related info i thought was worth sharing! one of my favorite things about my new{ish} job at piqora is the opportunity to speak at different events and share with people actionable tips and insights on visual content marketing, primarily on instagram and pinterest.

wanted to make sure i shared more broadly a presentation i created/shared at a recent social media summit sharing buy shuddha guggulu ingredients quick tips for winning on pinterest and instagram since i know lots of people have questions about both platforms and are looking to improve! i’ve included some of the tips below as well:

pinterest tips:
1. before you do anything and just share, share, share on pinterest, it’s important to take a step back and see what is working for you. what’s resonating with your audience? what types of pins do they WANT to see and what are they repinning? content insight is key before publishing.
2. integrate rich pins! rich pins are pins with additional info behind them like pricing/availability for product rich pins and a geo-tag location for place rich pins. an example to look at for a place rich pin is my sf adventures pinterest board!
3. have a board strategy; it’s totally okay to post products on pinterest, just mix them in with lifestyle images. also, avoid cutesy board titles and instead, think about what pinners are searching for and name your boards accordingly.
4. press that pin it button more! if a brand or friend posted 10 instagram photos in one day, i would immediately unfollow. pinterest is different and people don’t get annoyed/overwhelmed by lots of content. keep pressing pin it!

instagram tips:
1. #hashtag tracking and strategy is key. quick tip: 7 hashtags is the magic number of hashtags for maximum engagement on instagram. i know it seems like a lot, but the numbers don’t lie!
2. rather than stress and worry about your follower count, measure your success and influence by looking at your likes and comments. is that number increasing over time? if so, you’re probably doing something right!
3. instagram contests are fun for your followers and can lead to some killer results, whether you’re looking to grow followers, increase engagement or get user-generated content to re-share from your followers.
4. if you have an e-commerce aspect to your blog/business, use instagram to drive revenue. you can find more info out about this on the piqora website.

definitely recommend checking out the full presentation {here!} because it shares more in-depth info and strategy/insight from awesome brands like green wedding shoes, bando and the glitter guide. here’s a similar presentation that i shared at alt summit about measuring influence on instagram. have a great day!

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